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Andretti Autosport Qualifying Report: NTT IndyCar Series

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ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
QUALIFYING REPORT
04.13.2019
Alexander Rossi took Long Beach Qualifying by storm capturing a fifth career pole position in a final fast lap. The quartet of Andretti cars have all shown competitive pace throughout the weekend as the team chases a 200th victory.

Sunday brings a morning warmup followed by 85 laps of street-course racing, live on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET.

No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 1st
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 01:06.4811
  • OF NOTE: Recorded fifth career pole position //Second consecutive Pole starts at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

“We knew we had the lap in there, it was about doing it on that one lap. I was happy we decided to run two sets of (Firestone) Reds. We hadn’t done that in the past, but it made the difference today. The used red tires are different than the new ones. So it’s about knowing how much you can attack and get away with. It bit us at COTA, only doing one lap, so we learned our lesson and it paid dividends today. We try not to make the same mistake twice. It would be nice to repeat history tomorrow. I like this place, and obviously I’m from California. It would be great to win a home race this year. This pole was exponentially harder to win than last years – the field is just that much tighter with everyone understanding these cars. The drivers are continuing to get better, so this one was more special.”


No. 28 DHL HONDA

  • STARTING POSITION: 7th
  • QUALIFYING TIME: 01:07.1520
  • OF NOTE: Sat fourth on the overall time charts heading into qualifying, after leading Friday’s Practice 1 // Advanced from Segment 1 to the top 12, but missed out on advancing to the Firestone Fast Six

“Obviously disappointing to not make into the Fast Six. We had a unique situation with the tire opportunity in qualifying. We ended up using used Reds to try and move into the Fast Six and it just didn’t seem like we had the performance on them while the others were on new. It was definitely a bit of a fumble considering the speed we’ve had. We’ll have some cars to pass tomorrow to get to the front, but we’ve had good pace this weekend and still have our sights set on a podium finish or the DHL team.”


No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE HONDA

  • STARTING POSITION: 11th
  • QUALIFYING TIME/SPEED: 01:08.3746
  • OF NOTE: Earned a best starting position of the 2019 season so far // Advanced to the top 12, but was then caught out by a red flag and shortened Segment 2
“I wish I was a second or two more up the road when the Red Flag came out, and then my last lap would have counted. I think my race car is really, really good – we almost used Q2 as a test session there. I think if we would have played it conservative, we could have had a shot at the Fast Six. We have pace, and I think our race car is even better so I’m excited. We just have to go for it and pass cars. We’ve been able to pass cars starting 20th or 17th – now that we are starting inside the top 10, I think we can make something of it.

No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA
  • STARTING POSITION: 22nd
  • QUALIFYING TIME/SPEED: 01:07.7822
  • OF NOTE: Started the 2018 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach from 16th and finished fourth, his career best race result to date

“Honestly, I’m just confused. Nothing talked to me out there – those laps especially on the (Firestone alternate) Reds. I don’t really know what’s going on. We shouldn’t be starting where we are and that’s a question mark for us. For whatever reason, we just didn’t have it today so I’m just trying to figure that out and wrap my head around it. All through practice we had good pace, but then as soon as we put the Reds on – as with yesterday – the car just goes away from us. We’ll have a lot of work to do starting P22 tomorrow, but we’ll work hard to fight our way up.”

Practice Report: NTT IndyCar Series

ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
PRACTICE REPORT
04.12.2019
Day one is complete at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. The field of 23 will hit the track tomorrow morning for one last practice session before the grid is set.

Catch tomorrow’s qualifying action on NBC Sports Network beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

No. 28 DHL HONDA – Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Led the day’s first session and finished the day second overall with a best lap time of 01:07.8434

“Really, we’re just getting back to finding our baseline. Last year, we had very competitive cars. Again, this year rolled off with a really good setup, I think. It was a good starting point. We’ve made some changes to it trying to find what to do, what not to do, as you regularly would on a street course. The tricky part of a street course is you have to keep up with the racetrack, you have to be proactive with keeping up with it. As you go through the race weekend, it’s constantly changing conditions. So it was a good first day, definitely learned a lot. I know what to apply for tomorrow.”

No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA – Alexander Rossi

  • Finished the day sixth overall with a best lap time of 01:08.0810

“I think generally the car is good. We’ll be going through our normal checklist for Practice 3 tomorrow. I think we had a 1:07.7 run going and I made a mistake in Turn 8. I think the pace is there, so now we just need to put it all together.”

 

No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA – Marco Andretti

  • Finished the day 11th overall with a best lap time of 01:08.3936

“We are in the game, but still need to make a small change or two to be where we need to be on the (Firestone) Reds and the car is close to where we want it for the Black tires. We need to make changes in the right direction overnight to make up the three-tenths that separate us from the fastest six currently, but I definitely think we have a shot at the Fast Six tomorrow.”

 

No. 26 GAINBRIDGE HONDA – Zach Veach 

  • Finished the day 14th overall with a best lap time of 01:08.4410

“Overall it was a pretty good day. We were P3 on the Blacks in the second session and then we put the Reds on and I just didn’t put a clean run together. I think we ended up P14, but realistically I think we’re pretty good. I’m happy with that. We need to make sure we have a clean day tomorrow and qualify towards that Fast Six.”

ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH PREVIEW

  ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT RACE PREVIEW NTT INDYCAR SERIES OF NOTE: Sitting at 199 total race wins, Andretti Autosport is closing in on the 200-win milestone across all racing platforms. The team will have two drivers competing in ABB Formula E and four in the NTT IndyCar series this weekend. Should one of our six drivers…

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Race Report: NTT IndyCar Series – Honda Grand Prix of Alabama

The 10th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama saw the checkered flags wave in the Birmingham sky today as the NTT IndyCar Series completed Round 3 of 2019 competition. The team heads to the streets of Long Beach next weekend to defend their reign as 2018 winners at the historic street circuit. No. 27…

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NTT INDYCAR SERIES HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA QUALIFYING REPORT

04.06.2019 The grid is set for Sunday’s 10th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and Alexander Rossi will roll off as the highest team entry in eighth. The green flag flies in Alabama at 4:15pm ET with live broadcast beginning at 4pm ET on NBC Sports Network. No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA STARTING…

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HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA PRACTICE REPORT

04.07.2019 For a 10th-consecutive year, the NTT IndyCar Series returns to the scenic Barber Motorsports Park. The 2.3-mile “Augusta of racing” will play host to 90 laps Sunday as 24 cars take on Round 3 of the 2019 championship. No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA Finished the day fifth overall with a best lap time of 01:09.1140 “This…

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Race Preview: HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA NTT INDYCAR SERIES OF NOTE: Sitting at 199 total race wins, Andretti Autosport is closing in on the 200-win milestone across all racing platforms. Should one of our four drivers reach the finish line first Sunday, the team would achieve our 200th victory. Ryan Hunter-Reay has claimed victory at Barber…

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NTT INDYCAR SERIES INDYCAR CLASSIC RACE REPORT

ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT RACE REPORT 03.24.2019 Clear skies hung over Circuit of the Americas for today’s inaugural INDYCAR Classic. The race ran drama-free until a single caution was brought out on Lap 44. Benefitting two drivers and challenging one, the caution allowed Ryan Hunter-Reay – who had just pitted on Lap 43 – and Marco Andretti…

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INDYCAR CLASSIC: CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS QUALIFYING REPORT

NTT INDYCAR SERIES INDYCAR CLASSIC: CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS QUALIFYING REPORT 03.23.2019 The field has been set for the inaugural INDYCAR Classic and the Andretti team will have a car on each of the front two rows. Round 1, Group 2 of qualifying saw a the session come to an end with a red flag…

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NTT INDYCAR SERIES INDYCAR CLASSIC: CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS PRACTICE REPORT

03.22.2019 The first day of IndyCar on track activity from Circuit of the Americas is officially clocked, with two Andretti drivers ranking in the top four on the combined charts. The field of 24 will qualify Saturday at 2 p.m. local, Central time with live coverage on NBC Sports Network. No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS…

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